All-time favorite authors

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This week I’m choosing my ten all-time favorite authors–a very difficult task!

I limited my authors to:

  • I’ve read more than one of their books
  • I’ve read their books for longer than 10 years
  • Influential in the kind of books I read

The authors who influence my science fiction and fantasy reading

All authors I read as a young adult; my love for science fiction and fantasy is because of them:

1. Madeline L’EngleA Wrinkle in Time is the favorite book I’ve read by Ms. L’Engle. I loved reading about the Murry family in A Wrinkle in Time and I read more books about the Murry family and the Austin family after that. I love the way she wrote about families. And I’ve read some of her adult books–especially The Crosswick Journals.

2. Andre Norton–I read lots of her books when I was a teenager–especially the Witch World series and the Time Trader series.

3. Robert Heinlein–I read all of Robert Heinlein’s juveniles as a teenager as well as most of his other books through the years (e.g., Stranger in a Strange Land and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress).

4. Anne McCaffrey–I love the Pern books which I also read as a young adult. They might be the first books about dragons I read. They fueled my imagination!

The mystery author influences

I also read lots of mysteries as a young adult. These authors dominated that mystery reading.

5. Agatha Christie–I’ve read nearly all the Agatha Christie books. The Hercule Poirot books are my favorites.

6. Dick Francis–a former steeplechase jockey turned mystery author. I read his books as a teenager and for years afterward.

7. Tony Hillerman–wrote mysteries about the Navajo Indians which feature Lt. Joe Leaphorn and/or Sgt. Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police.  I love the mysteries and reading about the Navajo Indians and the Southwest.

Urban fantasy authors

When authors started writing urban fantasy I was on board and I’ve read lots of them in the last 15+ years, but these are the two authors I love and always come back to.

8. Patricia Briggs–I started reading Patricia Briggs’ books before she started her Mercy Thompson books. The first books I read by Ms. Briggs were fantasy beginning with Dragon Bones. I really liked the fantasy books, but I knew Patricia Briggs was an author I’d read for years after I read Moon Called, the first Mercy Thompson book.

9. Ilona Andrews–They’ve only been publishing the Kate Daniels books since 2008 so they don’t quite fit my 10 years of reading, but I’ve read more than 10 books by them and love them all.

Romance author

I spent several years reading romance nonstop and very few fantasy, science fiction or mysteries. Now it’s the opposite–I’m reading very little romance, but Mary Balogh is still the romance author I’ll read both her new books and her older books.

10. Mary Balogh–my favorite romance author and the one I keep buying and reading today.

Who are your favorite authors?